Adirondack Adventures: Climb Something

I’m staying at a cabin outside of Lake Placid, New York, for a short vacation. What should I do in the Adirondacks while I’m there?

Keene New York

Kenne, New York.     Photo: Jimmy Emerson/Flickr

A:The Gunks are the best-known rock climbing destination in New York, but they're not the only crag. The secluded walls near the town of Keene Valley have thousands of classic routes to keep climbers of all levels dancing in their cramped, painful shoes. Favorite spots include the Beer Walls, King Wall and Creature Wall. Adirondack Rock and River guides climbers for $180 a day.

If mountains are more your style, try tackling the Van Hoevenberg trail to the top of the state's highest peak, 5,300-foot Mt. Marcy. The grueling, switchbacked round trip is 15 miles total. Afterwards, regale your fellow guests with tales of your feat by the towering stone fireplace at the Adirondack Loj on the shores of Hart Lake. Rates start at $69 per night for space in one of the bunkrooms.

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